With its inventive and colourful visuals and crisp 3D effect, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is sure to delight kids but its simple story doesn’t aim to tide over the older demographic – this one is most assuredly for the young among us!
Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) now finds himself working to help clear up the mess left by his malfunctioning invention from the first film (a device that can turn water into food). Amazingly, it turns out that Flint’s machine is still running and has created an entire island ecosystem of tasty, living food-animals. These marvels include giant cheeseburger spiders, sardine-munching pickles with a penchant for fishing and even a lovable strawberry named Barry.
Although Flint wants to do good, he’s tempted by his longtime idol Chester V (Will Forte) – a moustache-twirling Steve Jobs – who tricks Flint with false promises in order to locate and gain control of his machine. So it is that Flint finds himself torn between his childhood hero and his friends, an eclectic bunch of returning faces who manage to elicit a few laughs.
There’s little character development however and nothing groundbreaking going on at a thematic level. Incoming directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn don’t quite display the storytelling nous of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the helmers of the original. What we’re left with is a light and breezy meal that kids at heart will gobble up, albeit one that doesn’t push for anything deeper. Regardless, make sure you stay for the impressive closing credits sequence, which might actually be my favourite part of the whole shebang!
The visuals pop and the humour is mostly on point but Cloudy 2 just isn’t as smart as the original.